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Rest in Peace, Eve Carson




This past week, Chapel Hill and UNC-Chapel Hill was truly rocked by the murder of student, activist, and Student Body President Eve Carson. The Daily Tar Heel has coverage of all the details, and a community wall if you want to leave a remembrance. This past week I was in the hospital with our 8-month old who picked up pneumonia and was in pretty bad shape. I'm sure the doctor's were never worried about her, but we were. At the time she was admitted, I was actually at home by myself with a 104 degree fever trying to make it through the night. So, in my state of near delirium it was very scary what was happening to my daughter.









Maybe it's because of the juxtaposition that the death of sweet Eve Carson is just stuck in my head.

UPDATE: Why an internet team is valuable for more than BLOGGING!

This via Binker.

So I got a call this afternoon from someone who suggested I look at a certain page on Bev Perdue's website and click a certain link. When I did, it plopped me right into the campaign's content management system. Apparently, I, or anyone else who clicked on the magic link, could add, delete or edit content on Perdue's blog.

Follow the link to see the picture. An internet team is about more than blogging.


Will science prevail over politics?


What do you know about Iowa? Caucus and corn - right? Corn-based ethanol is the "future" of Iowa, except that corn makes really lousy ethanol. So, someone, somewhere has started to do something about it. From Scientific American:

Farmers in Nebraska and the Dakotas brought the U.S. closer to becoming a biofuel economy, planting huge tracts of land for the first time with switchgrass—a native North American perennial grass (Panicum virgatum) that often grows on the borders of cropland naturally—and proving that it can deliver more than five times more energy than it takes to grow it.
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But yields from a grass that only needs to be planted once would deliver an average of 13.1 megajoules of energy as ethanol for every megajoule of petroleum consumed—in the form of nitrogen fertilizers or diesel for tractors—growing them. "It's a prediction because right now there are no biorefineries built that handle cellulosic material" like that which switchgrass provides, Vogel notes. "We're pretty confident the ethanol yield is pretty close." This means that switchgrass ethanol delivers 540 percent of the energy used to produce it, compared with just roughly 25 percent more energy returned by corn-based ethanol according to the most optimistic studies.

Myron Cope dies.


Pardon the intrusion for something completely not NC-related and completely not polically related. But, Myron Cope, the voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers or "Stillurs" as he would have said, has passed away. We have many Steeler fans here in North Carolina, if you don't believe me just visit your local pub or sports bar on any given Sunday and you'll be amazed. You either loved or hated Myron Cope, he wasn't like many announcers that blended quietly into the background.


From wiki:

Myron Cope (January 23, 1929-February 27, 2008), whose given name was Myron Sidney Kopelman,was an American sports journalist, radio personality, and sports broadcaster best known for being the voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He was a color commentator for the Pittsburgh Steelers' radio broadcasts for 35 years. He was known for his distinctive, nasally voice, idiosyncratic speech pattern, a Pittsburgh Jewish accent and a level of excitement rarely exhibited in the broadcast booth. Cope's most notable catch phrase was "yoi, double yoi." To this point, Cope was the only American football commentator to be inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. Cope's autobiography Double Yoi was published in 2002, with a second edition published in 2006.

NO OLF on North Carolina Now

It must be a re-run? I'm wondering if any of our own NO OLF bloggers are on this show. John Morrison speaking. Several residents I missed. Did you know that the field ends right before Blackwater?

Jeff Jennings, talking about his pay acres being taken away by the OLF. Rear Admiral David Johnson (?) "We have to find a field to support National Security." No, this is not a re-run, they are talking about the future fight, not the first Washington County. "There is no other site the government owns where we can build this." Gates and Camden county up for the OLF this time.

With all due respect, Mr. Vice-President, we can figure this out on our own.

Yes, that's right. I said it. Should Al Gore be involved in the United States race for President, absolutely. He's a former VP of the United States and he is a citizen of the United States. But, should he be sticking his nose into the North Carolina Lieutenant Governor's Race? No, because he doesn't have to live with the results. One of the things that bothers me most about this non-endorsement is the Dellinger campaign's reliance on family contacts yet again. When Dellinger raises money out of state based on his Dad's contacts - his supporters say that is okay. When NARAL gives its endorsement to a candidate because of his family connections - his supporters say it is okay. When Hampton visits Al-frickin-Gore, we're supposed to believe its because he supported shutting down a quarry next to the Appalachian trail or because since he began running for office he has posted several press release on the OLF and coal-powered plants. We are not supposed to think that it is because his Dad worked for Clinton/Gore as Acting Solicitor General and was Gore's lawyer during the Florida 2000 fiasco - and, his supporters say that is okay.

Well, I've got news for you, it is not okay. If Al Gore wants to non-endorse someone in North Carolina then perhaps he should be honest. Perhaps he should say that he's known Hampton through his Dad for years and that he is non-endorsing him based on that interaction and the respect he has for the Dellinger family. But, to pretend that Hampton's anemic public record on climate change was the cause for this trip and photo op, well that is just beyond the pale of believability.

Obama in Chapel Hill Today?

From Hotline:

February 10, 2008
Wooing Edwards

NBC/NJ's Athena Jones has confirmed that Hillary Clinton met with John Edwards Thursday at his home in Chapel Hill to make her pitch for his endorsement. The encounter was first reported earlier today by The Page. NBC News subsequently confirmed that Barack Obama will make the same pilgrimage tomorrow to visit with JRE. The Obama campaign, however, is not commenting on the report, according to NBC/NJ's Aswini Anburajan.

Since Edwards dropped out of the contest nearly two weeks ago, Clinton and Obama have given public props to him at every possible turn, on the stump and in their first one-on-one debate in CA. As former Edwards supporters have realigned, however, more seem to be finding their way to Obama.

Who the heck is Richard Moore?

When it comes to the Governor's race, I can tell I'm not deeply invested when I read what others are writing. I wrote about Richard Moore's ad concerning Beverly Perdue and the Neuse River Bridge, then when Anglico responded that it was untrue and underhanded, I was left thinking "Yeah, but, it was still an effective ad." Then, conversely, when I read that Beverly Perdue is for the moratorium and Betsy comes back that years and years ago she was strongly pro-death penalty, I am left thinking, "Yeah, but that was in the last millennium." So, while I am leaning towards one candidate, it is just that. Leaning. So, in the same vein that I gave props to Moore for an effective negative ad, I must now take issue with his campaign.

Super Tuesday Open Thread.


Yikes, I guess many of us have jumped off the "excitement" bandwagon. The first results are in on the Red side.

Mike Huckabee is the projected winner of the West Virginia GOP caucus. CNN and MSNBC called it first ...

Mitt Romney was second; John McCain, a distant third ... The final count per the WVA GOP:

Huckabee 567 VOTES (51%)
Romney 521 VOTES (47%)
McCain 12 VOTES (1%)

“Congratulations to Mike Huckabee who is the winner of 18 of West Virginia’s 30 delegates to the Republican National Convention,” said Bob Fish, CEO of the convention.

Maybe a bad sign for McCain, who needs a good showing in Georgia to solidify his conservative base credentials?

Picture via Makeshift Utopia.

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